Prosecutions ‘rare’ for abuse by home carers

From the BBC

More than 23,000 allegations of abuse have been made against carers working in people’s homes across the UK.

The data comes from a Freedom of Information request submitted by the BBC Radio 4 programme File on 4.

The United Kingdom Homecare Association, which represents 2,000 care companies, described the findings as “horrifying” and blamed cuts to local government budgets.

The Department of Health said it had given councils up to £7.6bn of funding.

The BBC asked every council in England, Scotland and Wales with responsibility for social care for the numbers of allegations of abuse and neglect made against home carers contracted by local authorities.

In Northern Ireland, the BBC sent Freedom of Information requests to health and social care trusts.

This revealed that between 2013-14 and 2015-16 there had been at least 23,428 safeguarding alerts across the UK, but only half the councils provided data.

Most of the alerts related to care provided in England.

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